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Class Five

Welcome to Class Five!




Part, part, whole

We put a number of objects in one 'part' and record the corresponding digit, then put some more objects in the other 'part' and record the right digit. We then push all the objects into the 'whole', count all the objects (some of us are counting them from 1 and some are counting on from the first number) to find the total.

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Funky Fingers Term Four

This term we are threading tiny beads onto strings, stretching elastic bands around a pine cone (then removing them which is a lot trickier), positioning matchsticks on a colander to create a hedgehog, picking Hama beads out of sand with chopsticks and not forgetting the ever popular dough gym.


Space topic - astronaut gym

We are all LOVING our new topic!

Our role-play has changed to an astronaut gym and we are busy preparing our muscles for spending time in space. We are using the rowing machine, treadmill, ladders and ropes then recording our excercise on our workout sheets. We are timing ourselves, spending a minute on each piece of equipment before moving on and monitoring the affect exercise is having on our bodies.


Science & ICT week - Giant bubbles

We mixed washing up liquid, glycerine, corn flour and water to create a strong bubble mixture. We then made our own bubble wands and had great fun seeing if we could make giant bubbles.


Science week - ice

We were all given a fish shaped ice cube that held a sequin within it. We were all challenged to get the sequin out as quick as possible using our knowledge of the properties of ice. 

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E-safety day

This year e-safety day fell within our whole school 'science and ICT week'. We were introduced to Purple Mash and learnt how to log in using our own passwords and then investigate the MiniMash section.


PE with JB

He's back! And this time we all went on an adventure to the fairground.

We practised rolling, throwing and balancing the equipment.


Language of length

Today we were challenged to make a Chinese dragon then compare it's length to our friend's dragon. We had to use words like longest and shortest (which we had all just about got) and longer and shorter (which was more hit and miss!).

As you can see, there was a bit of a competition as to who could create the longest.


Repeating patterns

The ability to spot patterns helps us in maths and we are now progressing and able to create, then retain, a three colour repeating pattern.


Chinese lion dance

We are learning about the Chinese New Year celebrations and enjoyed performing the lion dance. I think its safe to say we warded off any bad luck with all the noise we made (see video resource centre).


The hat shop

We are learning to recognise and use 1p, 2p, 5p and 10p coins. We are buying hats at our new hat shop, finding the correct coins and beginning to add two or three items together to find a total (hence the comment from one customer struggling to find all the coins needed to buy two hats "Hhmm, I wish I had a credit card!" )


Reading challenge

Stories at story time don't have to read by just Miss Pass or Mrs Ball they can be read by us too. Miss Pass challenged any of us who had a favourite book at home that we could read (or had heard so many times we could recite it!) to bring it in and read it at story time. I was up for the challenge and read my book, blending words when I was unsure, and remembered to hold it like a grown up too so everyone could see the pictures.

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Miss Pass told us the Superworm story.

Set around the classroom were resources we could use to show our learning. (One of the joys of EYFS is we can choose how we respond to an input showing the skills we have recently learnt.)

Miss Pass had a table of children, eager to show how they could write the story and behind was an excited buzz at the making table.

Were we making characters from the story, were we creating the story setting?

Nope... one of us had decided to make an eye patch, it looked cool so we ALL decided to have a go.

Was this anything to do with Superworm? No.

Does this matter? No.

We have an objective led curriculum not a topic led curriculum and we were still meeting the objective, just in our own way. 


Special things

IN RE we have been sharing things that are special to us. We thought about how we keep our special things safe and whether its ok for our friends to have different special things. We decided we are all different and that's good, so we are likely to have different special things. We also realised that whilst we might not think our friends object is that special we still have to respect it.



We have been using Numicon to practise sequencing, matching digits to sets and having a visual prompt to see number bonds.


Sequencing numbers

We are practising sequencing numbers. To do this we need to be able to recognise the number and retain where we have got to, to get them in the right order. 


Party day

We wore our Christmas jumpers, had a lovely Christmas dinner, played games and in the afternoon enjoyed watching the magician.


EYFS nativity play

We have now performed our final nativity play, our teachers are exhausted and some of us are a little hoarse. On Tuesday we were nervous but sang our socks off and on Wednesday, lets just say we were more confident smiley.


Thank you for supporting us and we wish you a very merry Christmas.


Ho! Ho! Ho!

A chair or an endless possibility? 

An endless possibility - which today became a reindeer.


We turned our chairs into reindeer, bread crates into sleighs and bricks into presents. We were in role-play heaven!



Sledging on the nursery slopes

On Tuesday the snow was getting compacted and perfect for sledging. Do we have a sledge? No, but we do have a plastic drawer!


 Mrs Denby gave us a good push at the top and Mrs Ball caught us at the bottom. Blink and you'd missed it - but we loved it.


Snow Fun

We didn't have much snow over the weekend but what did come seemed to have all landed in our outdoor classroom (there was only a dusting on the field) and boy, did we enjoy it!






At this time of year there is only one thing to make when you find a bag of fluff in the cupboard!


St Nicholas

In mainland Europe children leave their shoes under the tree or by the door in the hope that St Nicholas will visit on the 6th December and leave them a small gift.


We made our own paper clogs and left them under the tree and by the door (just to give ourselves the best chance) and guess what... he came!!



We have been learning to use some of the apps on the iPad and enjoyed sharing our learning with friends.


Forest School - Protecting the king

Today we were challenged to create a troll made of leaves then we had to build a castle to keep our king safe from the troll. The castle had to have a moat, castle walls, a lookout tower and if possible booby traps to confuse the troll.


We had great fun creating our castles then the troll (aka Dave) came to find the king. We all beat the troll, who only had 20 seconds to find the king before the kings armies arrived to save him.


Party shop - outdoor role play

This week we have been introduced to our new outdoor role play - a party shop.

We have to plan what we need for our party, write a list using our phonic knowledge, read the price label and pay the correct money to the shopkeeper (we are currently using multiples of 1 pence but will later be introduced to the other coins). 


Investigating ramps

In one of our enhancement sessions this week we were challenged to create a ramp. The car had to travel from top to bottom under its own power and not fall off during its journey. As the week progresses the ramps are getting fancier as we enjoy problem solving.


Children In Need Day

We all enjoyed wearing something spotty and supporting Children in Need.


Our first Forest School session

This week we have enjoyed Forest School with Dave. We imagined there was a naughty dragon who had destroyed all the homes of the cuddly toy animals. We had to work as a team to create new homes whilst listening out for the drum warning us of the approaching dragon. If we heard the drum we had to freeze. We then added exciting features to our dens like spy cameras and escape chutes.


The next day we needed to create a boat to get us home safely. We all chose varying forms of nautical transport and created them with things we found in the garden area. Once we were 'home' we used charcoal from a fire to create an ink so we could draw pictures to remind us of our adventures.



We were challenged to create a repeating pattern with matchsticks, so the usual go-to, a 2 colour repeating pattern, wasn't an option so what could we do?


Through experiment we found we could do all sorts of things!


Zacchaeus - how to be a friend

Last week in RE we thought about friends and today heard the Christian story of Zacchaeus. Jesus became his friend and Zacchaeus stopped making bad choices and decided to copy Jesus' good choices.


We were then challenged to work as a team to create the tree Zacchaeus sat in to see Jesus. Some of us found it tricky sharing our ideas with others, some of us created our own rather than create one with our friend and some of us managed to work as a team.


Mastering the pedal bikes

We have spent time mastering the balance bikes ensuring we could keep our feet up for a few seconds whilst steering at the same time then moved up to the pedal bikes.

Our teachers have run up and down the playground supporting our initial wobbles until we have gained in both confidence and ability. Then the big moment comes when we realise we can do it all on our own. We then have to master getting ourselves moving without a push, fortunately the playground is on a slope.


Once we've got that sorted we proudly perform our new skills to teary Mummys and Daddys at the end of the day. smiley

Mastering the pedal bikes

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Christmas performance practise

We are busy practising the songs for our Christmas performance - no doubt you are familiar with all the words too by now!

Mary's having a baby

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Enhancement - ten pin bowling

The ten pin bowling set has been added to our continuous provision. We have learnt how to aim, the rules of the game and how to work out who has scored more and who has scored less.


Rockets - shapes

We were challenged to create a 3d rocket with a semi circle and a rectangle. We had to turn the rectangular piece of paper into a cylinder and the semi circular piece into a cone. The trickiest part was joining the two together but fortunately we have some very helpful friends when we didn't have enough hands to hold the shapes and stick them at the same time.


McDonalds Drive Thru

A few weeks ago our constructions were simple and we prefered to work alone or alongside friends, rather than working as a team.

Now we collaborate ideas and keep working on the construction until we feel happy with it.

We decided to make a McDonalds Drive Thru and over the week we have developed windows, tills and handles and pumps.

We now also know some of the sounds in 'McDonalds' and are writing signs for our building.


Creating shapes with elastic bands

We have been showing our knowledge of the properties of 2d shapes by creating them with elastic bands.


Enhancement - Adding detail to play dough models

We have a range of resources to add to our playdough models and today thought about what we could use to improve our model making.


When we have created something we fetch our name/photo card and take our own photos of our work to show what we have been practising during our child initiated learning.



We've all come a long way from the start of the school year. We are mastering writing our graphemes and some of us have moved onto segmenting words and even captions. Today we had a go at writing 'red man'.


Enhancement - bike helmets

Great excitement - the bikes are coming out soon!

But first we all need to fit, then do up our own helmets. If we struggle we can ask a friend and the teachers are there for us if it is currently too tricky.


Funky Fingers

With a term under our belts and our fingers getting 'funkier' our Funky Fingers activities have become slightly smaller and also harder. We are using some tricky click balls, picking individual Hama beads out of sand with our pincer grip fingers, spinning smaller spinning tops and threading small beads onto thread to create bead strings. not forgetting the ever popular dough gym workout!


Divali party

Over the past week we have been thinking about celebrations in our own lives and in  other people's lives and this week, it is Divali, so we have been hearing the story of Rama and Sita and enjoying some of the festivities. Today we had a Divali party and enjoyed trying new foods.


Urban arts week - street music

In assembly we watched Stomp create music with everything and anything. We were inspired and thought we'd give it a go with objects from our outdoor classroom. We belted out our nativity songs whilst hammering a rhythm on our pots/pans/stones/furniture/climbing equipment...


Sweet music!!!


Urban Arts Week - Street dance

Miss Vicky form Spotlight Dance came to teach us how to street dance. We LOVED it!!

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Urban arts week - shape street art

We used 2d shapes to create our shape street art. We named the shapes and are beginning to use the correct language to describe their properties.

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Repeating patterns

The ability to spot and retain patterns will help us a lot in maths and today we were challenged to create a 2 colour repeating pattern.


PE with JB

This week JB the dog visited our PE lesson and helped us hunt for dinosaurs. We went high, we went low, we went fast, we went slow! 


Enhancements - treasury tags

During our indoor enhancement sessions this week we have learnt how to use hole punches and treasury tags. We are now busy becoming authors and illustrators, drawing our own pictures and labelling them, to create our own books.


Enhancements - dominoes

We have been learning how to use the outdoor dominoes during our outdoor enhancement sessions this week. We are learning to match, count and take turns whilst having fun.


RE - Celebrations

We are about to start learning about celebrations so today in RE role-played a celebration that is familiar to us. It was Guy's birthday  (a persona doll) and we made special food, special decorations, special cards and played party games.


We thought about other celebrations we have experienced and realised some things are similar in all celebrations. When we were asked what things we might need to make or find for a party the first suggestion was a bucket to put all the drinks in  -the teachers were thinking cake or cards!


Role-play    Hairdressers/barbers


Customer 1 - Dring, dring, dring, dring.

Receptionist - Hello hairdressers here.

Customer 1 - I want my hair cutting. When can I come?

Receptionist - Hmm. Tuesdays are busy but Fridays are quiet because it often rains. Come then.

Customer 2 - Can I have mine done now. I want it blowing.

Hairdresser 1- Sit in the waiting area.

                       Ok I'm ready now. Straight or curly?

Customer 3 - Hang on, I'm next and I want it pink and twizzled.

Hairdresser 2 - Sit here and tip your head back darlin'!

Receptionist - Hurry up everyone. Its really busy today and the next customer is booked in at midnight o'clock.


We are LOVING our new outdoor role-play!



28th September 2017

Exploring Autumn

We have enjoyed looking at autumn leaves and conkers and learning autumn words.

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We have started phase two phonics and are enjoying learning the sounds the letters make, learning to read and write them and have also started to blend and segment with the letters we now know.

28th September 2017


In gym we have learnt how to perform a tuck, straddle, pike and dish. We are also learning to listen and move in different ways.


28th September 2017

Enhancement - spheres

This week we have learnt how to create spheres with playdough to create models. Next week we will add cylinders to our creations.

28th September 2017

Enhancements - den making

This week we have learnt how to make a den. We know to get a crate if we can't reach the frame and to work as a team to pull the fabric over. We know the difference between waterproof fabric and non and when to use each fabric type.


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21st September 2017 

Week 3 already!

This week we have been introduced to Numberland in maths, practised rhyming and blending in phonics and during enhancement sessions have learnt how to use the paints independently and select the correct resources for using the whiteboard.


20 September 2017

Today we've looked at the names and properties of 2d shapes then looked for shapes in our indoor and outdoor classrooms.

14 September 2017


During daily enhancement sessions we are taught a new skill or introduced to a new piece of equipment. This enables us to become independent learners during our child initiated tasks. Part of our day is spent working with an adult (teacher led or teacher directed) and the other part is independent learning (child initiated). Also through enhancement sessions we learn the difference between learning and playing.


This week we have learnt how to use the mud kitchen, how to add tyres to our large construction, how to use masking tape and sellotape and how to add sticks to our creative work.

14 September 2017

Funky Fingers

This week we have started Funky Fingers - a programme to strengthen all the muscles needed to become writing ready. We are split into groups and each day we practise the same activity then move onto a new activity the following week. As the year progresses the exercises concentrate on the finer movements required for extended periods of writing.

7th September 2017

Our first days at school

Three days on and we are settling well. We are beginning to learn the rules and are making new friends with people who enjoy the same things as us. 


(Only some of the children are featured as I could only put their photos on when their name stickers weren't showing or had fallen off! Don't worry - there will be plenty more.)